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individual

noun [C] uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/ us  

individual noun [C] (SINGLE)

B2 a single person or thing, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong: Every individual has rights which must never be taken away. Like many creative individuals, she can be very bad-tempered. We try to treat our students as individuals.

individual noun [C] (DIFFERENT)

C2 a person who thinks or behaves in their own original way: If nothing else, the school will turn her into an individual.

individual

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.əl/ us  

individual adjective (SINGLE)

B1 [before noun] existing and considered separately from the other things or people in a group: Each individual table is finished by hand. B1 [before noun] given to or relating to a single, separate person or thing: We deal with each case on an individual basis.

individual adjective (DIFFERENT)

belonging or relating to, or suitable for, people or things that are different or particular in some way: children with individual needs Marion has a very individual writing style.
(Definition of individual from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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